Thursday, March 4, 2010

Oh, I Am So Shallow






Today I had a few hours for myself, as Maya was at the kindergarten. And what did I do?Well, firstly, I had a haircut, because I hadn't one in months and I wear my hair cropped short. Then, instead of coming home and engaging in some spiritual activities, do some soul searching ( I need this bit, I know it too well), I went shopping. Again. I am now a bit obsessed with the Montessori method of education so I went in a mision of searching for some ustensils that can be used for learning purposes. For example, I bought a pair of tongs from the Dollar store, they are used for sorting stuff (picking it up and putting it in containers according to specific instructions). I am actually very excited about all this Montesorri method and I spend a lot of time on the net looking for articles, books, materials, resources. The method is not very well known in Israel and I'll have to rely upon the internet a lot. I will probably do a lot of DIY because I am not sure I can find osme of the manipulative used, here in Israel. For example, I've wasted a lot of time trying to find the Hebrew translation of "geoboard" ( a math manipulative, very good for learning shapes, but not only) or some on-line shops for Montessori materials. No luck, so far and because my husband told me he won't be wasting his time with another project of mine, I'll take the matter in my own hands and do the damn board myself...
Of course, as a result of my shopping trip today I bought Maya some wooden toys, made in China, of course. One of the boxes caught my attention, as it has some "instructions" written in English (well, one can assume that the langage is indeed English). You can see it in the photo. How on Earth could someone type those words and print them on that box, it elludes me...It is beyond hilarious, it makes me sad...
Anyway, tomorow is Friday so here it is the week-end (already?). My dietetician convinced me to resume my appointments and there is a lot to do in the house...
But, until my next post...
"All is well in my house and heart" says Louise Hay, and so do I.

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8 comments:

Quixotic said...

If you are interested in Montessori (like me!), and haven't already, check out Mari-Ann at Counting Coconuts... she's a Montessori Mama living in Bermuda with a Little boy about Maya's age... http://www.countingcoconuts.blogspot.com/

Marilyn said...

Oh, that is just the beginning...I can't tell you how many misspellings I would find when I was in Korea...

Aine Butler-Smith said...

Montessori is wonderful Ramona, I had my children in montessori school when they were in preschool. Good for you and good luck on your search for materials.

Aine

Sharnanigans said...

I am very interested in it too Ramona!! (hence my boy is called MONTEssori - haha) no I am - Laura that writes on my website is trained in this and is writing a series of montessori articles so make sure you stay tuned :-)

Alone in Holy Land said...

Quixotic (I am sorry I don't know your name)thank you for the link. I checked the blog, great ideas there! Also, living in Bermuda, wow!
So far, from what I've read about Montessori it really talks to me, so we're on it! I am so excited! Maybe we can change ideas, I don't know...
Sharni, I am checking your website regurarly, Montessori or not. I just love it!
Marilyn and Aine, welcome back! I've missed you!
xxx
Ramona

Bogaranty├║ said...

Oh, Montessori! I love the Montessori method... if that Montessori pre-school had called back two days earlier I'd be teaching there and not working at a helpdesk...

That said, a lot of the Montessori tools can be made at home, and actually quite a few activities call for home based creativity.

I think I do have a link somewhere about these.

Alone in Holy Land said...

Oh, Bogarantyu, please provide us with the link! This was exactly was I did this afternoon, looking for sites on how to make your Montessori manipulatives.

My Boys' Teacher said...

I read a blog called My Child's Diary that is also based in Israel. She might be able to point you in the right direction on all things "Montessori" in Israel and help with any translation issues.

http://mychilddiary.blogspot.com/